Thursday, September 17, 2009

Malaysians in town

2 of Malaysia's top players with be in town this weekend. Keep a lookout for them @ Bugis. =)

More details on this thread.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hurry, only 3 team slots available for this Saturday's team tournament!

As the title suggests. As of now, there are 21 teams registered via the official channel.

Due to overwhelming response, we'll be capping the total number of teams at 24 so that we can finish the tournament by 11.

As for the beginner's tournament, there is no player cap so if you consider yourself a beginner in SF4 and haven't registered yet, please do so right away!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sept 12 tournament details!

Ok, finally, the details for the 12th Sept and TKA Virtualand tournaments are out.

Street Fighter IV Beginners Tournament

- Time & Venue: 12th Sep 2009 3pm @ TKA Bugis Virtualand
- Format: 1v1 double elimination
- No character change
- Fee: $2

Street Fighter IV 3v3 Team Tournament

- Time & Venue: 12th Sep 2009 7pm @ TKA Bugis Virtualand
- Format: KOF style 3v3 double elimination

- Each team must have 1 beginner
- No same characters allowed in a team ie. all 3 must be different characters.
- Fee: $6 per team
- 1 team captain to be selected

Some important notes for both tournaments:

- The 'pot' will be lesser this time: $1 for every tournament entrant, fully sponsored by TKA Virtualand. Tournament fee will now go towards covering Round1 admin costs etc.
- On the other hand, machines will be set to FREE PLAY! =) Basically, this means less winnings for the top 3 and more savings for everyone.
- Pot distribution same as always: 1st place- 50%, 2nd place- 30%, 3rd place- 20%

FAQS: Please read!!!

Q: What's the rules for '3v3 KOF Style'?
A: Winner stays. Beginner must be first person to go. 2nd and 3rd player can be decided after 1st player loses.

Q: Who can join the beginner's tournament?
A: If you consider yourself a beginner, you may join. Who are beginners?
1. a person or thing that begins.
2. a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals: swimming for beginners.
3. a person who is inexperienced; novice.

Please note the words in bold. Even if you've never joined/won a tournament before, please have some integrity and DON'T JOIN this tournament if you feel like you are an intermediate player and above, IE: have a good grasp of this game's fundamentals or you are an EXPERIENCED player.

And last but not least, Round1 reserves the right to decline your Beginner's Tournament entry, which should be considered a compliment right? =)

Q: I can't find any teammates! Please help!
A: You can post a request in this thread. Good luck!

Q: Where can I register? Why should I pre-register?
A: Register for both tournaments here. Pre-registration helps us facilitate the tournament better, and ensures that you get a slot in case we get an overwhelming response.

Q: Why is m_flo24 so handsome?
A: I'm not sure why, but none can resist his charms!

Q: I have a question to ask that's not in this list of questions asked! Where can I ask?
A: The official Round 1 thread.

Q: Is that all?
A: Yes for now.

If you skipped through all those questions, just remember to register for either/both tournaments here.

It's been a while since we last had a tournament. I can't wait!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Japan pictures galore! (part 1)

Things would have been better if I could upload these pictures while I was in Japan but at last, I get to do them here! I hope that, in giving everyone a taste of what it's like to go on a 'gaming expedition' in the land where Street Fighter was born and where the top players play, we may be inspired to broaden our horizons overseas and spread the name of Singapore's fighting game scene. Personally, I want to see our very own events become as big as theirs someday!

(Remember that you can click all the pictures to see them in their full resolutions!)

The aftermath of Godsgarden, 7am, featuring some players you may know. The guy in front is Haunts from Guy on the right with yellow hair is DbKoopa, Korea's best Third Strike player. To his left are SBO partners, Ichi in white, and none other than Mizoteru in, what else, olive green. Guy in the back to my left is Magus1234. Rchan looks wasted lol!

The Godsgarden technical set-up.

This is just about 1/4th of the amount of PS3s and sticks they had available for us to use.

The hosts for the early part of the night, Itabashi Zangeif (right) and I Forgot His Name. >_<

The scene on the street right outside the Godsgarden venue. Apparently there was some festival being held. Lots of hot chicks in Kimonos.=p (not in picture. BTW is that OBAMA hanging from the ceiling?!)

Godsgarden was held at a bar converted to host the event. You can see the fully-functional bar counter at the back, complete with an old-school jukebox.

The best player in the world himself, Mago, right after he kicked me and Rchan's butts. He's a really nice guy, one of the few Japanese who were really comfortable around foreigners.

It was really nice running into DbKoopa at Godsgarden. Because I meet so many people though Street Fighter, its possible to run into a guy I met in Korea in Japan. He plays a mean Rufus too.

Me and Rchan with Kindevu (top Rufus). Some say he and Anthony "Ah_Bao" have the same 'pattern'. Your thoughts?

Tokido (top 2 Akuma in the world and ever-present name in the fighting game scene). Incredibly friendly towards foreigners and also the default English translator for the 'top player's circle' lol.

Uryo, best Viper in the world. What the heck is written on his t-shirt anyways?

Akimo, best Honda in the world. He does Hundred-Hand-Slap combos with so much ease, you can't tell by looking at his hands.

And now, more pics with top players I managed to snag elsewhere during my trip.

Voooh!-Tetsu!!!aahhhhhh!! (Japanese tournament announcers have to say his name like that everytime lol), El Fuerte hero to the world.

Right after a soon-to-be legendary(epic video coming soon!) all you can eat and drink Yakiniku session with members of SRK Japan. To my right is Reno and to my left is SBO Blazblue player, HeartNana.

And THE star of SBO 2009 (almost everyone who was at SBO agrees that his matches were THE most epic of all), Vega Grandmaster Makoto. His team won the last-chance qualifiers, which featured Grandmasters such as Ac Revenger and Poongko. After that, he single-handedly OWNED Ojisan Boy and Tokido. With Vega. Needless to say, he makes you question the validity of all those tier lists...

Alright, so enough player-pics for now. Here's some other random-interesting stuff I managed to catch in Japan.

The famous Hey! arcade in Akihabara. Known as the mecca for shoot-em-up (Schmup) games, the array of games there were certainly a sight to behold. From Radiant Silvergun to Dodonpachi, you'll be sure to find almost every "airplane shooter" game ever made at Hey!

Case in point: a random man during a random lunch-break comes into Hey! and finishes Ikaruga with one credit. Controlling TWO planes.

They say the Japanese love their Nintendo DS's. Here's proof.

The sun sets on Akihabara,and that's when all the buildings light up and you realize that you're REALLY in Japan!

Ok, that's all for now. Stay tuned for more pictures of the Shiozawa Cup, SBO and more top players! Remember, next Saturday, 12th Sept: our very own the Beginner's and Team tournaments so let's get hype!

(As always, you can discuss this post on, at this thread.)